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franklin county times

October 31, 2004

By Staff
On drug costs
To Gov. Barbour and state lawmakers, why must you pay all or nothing toward the elderly Medicaid assistance fund that helps defray the cost of prescription drugs? Why not simply pay what the state can afford from this fund rather than cutting it out all together? Do you realize that Medicare at this time only pays $600 toward prescription medicine?
My mother and most of the elderly would use that up in two months.
I'm sure the recipients would appreciate any help they can get until Medicare kicks in with their plan for 2006. Billions of dollars are spent to make people live longer and then the source of this long life is made too expensive for most people to afford.
Muriel Phillips Meridian
Clean house
I really enjoyed reading The Meridian Star's Oct. 17, 2004, article concerning the interview Steve Gillespie had with Justice James Graves and Judge Samac Richardson. Mr. Gillespie asked Justice Graves, "Why are you running for re-election?"
The last paragraph of Justice Graves' answer was, "What I like about it is probably the intangible aspect of it, where I'm allowed to help people. That's the reason I went to law school in the first place. By serving as a Supreme Court justice, I can examine cases from a lower court ensuring both sides were treated fairly, that justice is meted out. That's an important way to help people."
I would like to know why Justice Graves has not been doing this on cases appealed to the Supreme Court instead of voting to refuse to grant a review of cases appealed to supreme court.
We need to clean house in the Supreme Court this includes Justice Bill Waller Jr., too. Good ole boy politics is still around big time.
Anita Linton
Meridian
Don't be deceived
People, don't be deceived by John Kerry. He has been trained to persuade, to deceive people. He was a lawyer before he became a senator, and his running mate was also. He can make it sound so good, what he is going to do if he becomes president; it is much easier said than done.
I am afraid of a president who is so deceived that he thinks a woman has a right to have her full-term baby murdered. What else might he be deceived about? Our national security from terrorists? Should a woman have a right to have her 1-year-old child murdered? Same thing! Wake up America!
There is no separation of church and state. The Bible says in Romans 14, last part of the verse, "The powers that be are ordained of God." God wants Godly people to rule over governments, leaders who ask Him for wisdom and guidance about how to rule.
Even judges should rule "under God," but some are ruling with their own human minds and are helping take this nation down a slippery slope to destruction.
Nina Posey
Meridian
How frustrating
This morning I woke up to find that the sign I had placed in my yard had been cut in half and thrown into a heap. I feel sorry for the mean-spirited person who did that. Obviously, he/she doesn't understand democracy very well.
Mike Dobrosky
Meridian
U.N. oversight outrageous
Recently, some on the Democratic side have called for United Nations oversight for our presidential election. This is outrageous. It does, however, point out one of the major differences in our presidential candidates. John Kerry sees the United Nations as the answer to every issue with international implications. The United Nations is demonstrably a corrupt and impotent organization. President Bush will never subordinate the sovereignty of the United States to the political machinations of the U.N.
Mitchell Williams
Philadelphia
Good sportsmanship
I would like to express my sincere thanks to people of the Clarkdale, Enterprise and Southeast communities who came out and supported the Newton County Lady Cougars softball team at the South-State Softball games last week.
I value and share your commitment to good sportsmanship and friendly rivalry. I look forward to attending the upcoming fast pitch season when our individual teams will meet on the softball field.
It is good to know that when the game is over, win or lose, each team will leave with respect for each other. After all, softball is only a game, but respect is a reflection of character.
Jean J. Dean
Little Rock
Youth rep needed
I have been involved in politics for about four years now and am the founder/president of the Lauderdale County Teenage Republicans. I am writing today expressing an idea that I think would make the Lauderdale County School District work a lot better.
I believe that the Lauderdale County Schools should have one elected youth-aged person, age 15-18, to serve as the Lauderdale County School District Youth Representative, to attend the Lauderdale County School Board meetings and give a youth perspective of view on issues. I believe this office should be available for the Lauderdale County citizens to vote on once a year. It would be a non-partisan office though. This office wouldn't affect the taxpayers in any way because it would be a non-paid position.
If you like this idea, please e-mail me your thoughts at tennis07@tennis.com.
Greg Mangum
Meridian
Sowell a great addition
I want to thank The Meridian Star for publishing Thomas Sowell's column. He always has the good common sense viewpoint that everyone needs to read. It is wonderful to see someone who thinks so clearly. No one could have expressed what he wrote in the Oct. 27, 2004, paper ("Plans' versus realities") better than he did. He is a very smart man.
Also we enjoy Craig Ziemba's writing. He is a very good writer also, with good common sense and a sense of humor.
Genie Coats
Meridian
School pride
We are very proud of our school and all of the accomplishments that have been made over the years. We are especially proud and appreciative of our parents, teachers and students' organization (PTSO).
The very small group of parents, led by Mrs. Deidra Wells, has planned and carried out a large number of projects for our school. Most recently, this group has given the landscaping a major overhaul. It looks great and has brought a renewed sense of pride in our campus.
This small group gives such large amounts of support and motivation, and we appreciate all that they do for us. Thank you for allowing us to have your children and for helping us to be proud of our school.
Richard T. Kelly
Principal
Northeast Middle School

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